More on all of the attacks on our rights and health care (pls read)

Ben, People For the American Way
2017-06-30 13:38:52
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way. Anne, Sorry to bog down your inbox with all of these emails, but we'd be remiss if we didn't provide you with some key updates about all of the right-wing attacks coming from the Trump administration and the Republican Congress this week. It really is astounding. We hope you find this information useful. To add to the attacks on voting rights we wrote about earlier (see below this message), the Jeff Sessions-led Justice Department ALSO issued an official request for information on how states covered by the National Voter Registration Act maintain their voter rolls -- indicating that Trump's DOJ could be getting ready to work in concert with the Pence-Kobach voter suppression commission ... a scary prospect from the department that's supposed to protect Americans' voting rights, but then again, we know that this DOJ has already moved to deprioritize protecting voters in ways such as backing off of key litigation over voter ID. Then there was the major attack on immigrants by the House of Representatives yesterday in the form of two bills that passed that are nothing more than 1) racist red meat for the nativist faction of the right-wing base and 2) corporate welfare for the private prison industry. Even the conservative CATO Institute points out the bills are a total sham and a massive waste of taxpayer money. CATO notes that one of the bills, which enacts tougher sentencing guidelines for undocumented immigrants -- referred to as "Kate's Law" after someone murdered by an immigrant -- would balloon the federal prison population and, if in place at the time, would not have saved the life of the bill's namesake. (Not to mention that despite all the fear-mongering, immigrants are statistically less likely to commit crimes than the population at large.) This legislation is political theater, but of the most dangerous variety, because it ignores facts to enflame bigotry and suspicion of immigrants. Oh, and it's worth mentioning that the DOJ is also playing a supporting role in these attacks on immigrant communities. They've been working with the administration to hype up the stories of victims of crime by undocumented immigrants and Attorney General Sessions even gave a speech this week in which he used these cherry-picked stories to present a phony narrative about the outsized danger presented by immigrants. Now back to health care -- perhaps the biggest policy story heading into next week's congressional recess... Mitch McConnell is scrambling to adjust the disastrous Senate version of Trumpcare and pick up more support, after the CBO scoring of the bill predicted 22 million Americans would lose their healthcare under the bill. Polls show that, at best, fewer than 20% of Americans support the Republicans' efforts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, but it remains a high priority for the most committed members of their far-right base and, more importantly, for the Koch brothers and their other ultrawealthy donors who would reap a MASSIVE tax cut from the bill. That's all stuff you might already know... but in just the last couple of days, as more analysis of the legislation has continued to come out, we can see just how sneaky and insidious McConnell's bill is ... no wonder he thought developing the bill in extreme secrecy and ramming it through with reckless disregard for debate and process as perhaps his only chance of getting it passed. We knew that the bill "back-loaded" many of the cuts, so that many wouldn't take effect until 2021 and others not until later than that. But a new report yesterday by the CBO points out that the cuts to Medicaid would be even deeper and more devastating down the road due to future funding being tied to the consumer price index, which has a lower growth rate than inflation of medical costs. So not only are there deep cuts, but the money that still would be provided for low-income, disabled, and some elderly Americans would shrink in real terms and not go far enough to cover their care. This is a lot to wrap your head around. And it's hard to fight back when the attacks are coming in so heavily from so many different angles. But fight back we must. Until our midnight deadline, all 2017 membership renewal donations will be MATCHED X 5! (And that means if we fall short of our goal, we'll be losing 5 X that much in crucial matching funds that will go a long way in helping us fight the Right.) Please renew with a 5X MATCHED donation now>> site.pfaw.org/site/R site.pfaw.org/site/R Thank you for your incredible support. In solidarity, Ben Betz, Digital Advocacy Director donate: site.pfaw.org/site/R   +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Voting Rights Update (mentioned above): There is a storm brewing. Trump's 'election integrity' commission, headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is starting to build steam and will have a major meeting in less than three weeks. Amidst all the outrage around Russiagate, Trump's tweets, and efforts to ram through Trumpcare, it's easy to miss these insidious efforts just under the radar. To refresh your memory, this is the commission developed to justify Trump's outlandish conspiracy theory about millions of "illegal" voters in 2016. And Kris Kobach is perhaps America's foremost architect of voter suppression laws (and anti-immigrant laws, for that matter). Yesterday, Kobach sent a letter to the secretaries of state for all 50 states requesting comprehensive data on ALL registered voters, including the last four digits of their social security numbers, their addresses, their dates of birth, their political affiliations, and their voting histories. We expect Pence-Kobach to try to use this voter data for, perhaps among other things, something similar to Kobach's "Crosscheck" program in Kansas, but on steroids. Crosscheck is infamous for inflating claims of voter fraud with egregiously sloppy matching of names with various states' voter rolls. AND, it was just announced last night that America's other most notorious vote suppressor, former Federal Elections Commissioner Hans Von Spakovsky, is being added to the commission. Von Spakovsky perhaps more than anyone in the country is responsible for perpetrating the phony myth of rampant individual voter fraud that's routinely used by the Right Wing as the rationale behind their voter suppression policies. The entire purpose of this commission from the beginning has been to lay the groundwork for more restrictions on voting. And we know why the Right wants to make it harder for certain Americans -- especially minority, low-income, and young voters -- to exercise their most fundamental democratic right ... it's to consolidate their grip on power and lock out progressives -- and even moderates -- from electoral wins by unfairly rigging the system against them. You know that right now we're fighting to stop Trumpcare ... to stop the GOP from packing the courts with radical Trump judges ... to fend off right-wing attacks on the separation of church and state, and more. But we're also shifting resources and prioritizing our response to the Pence-Kobach voter suppression commission -- that means: * a press strategy, * fighting their lies with the facts, * helping to organize a large coalition of voting rights advocates, and * mobilizing a massive nationwide grassroots response against any attacks on voting rights born out of the commission... ... All starting NOW, with just a couple of weeks until the commission's big meeting... TODAY is our mid-year funding deadline and we're still nearly $13,000 away from our goal -- a goal we MUST hit by midnight tonight if we're going to fund our work thoroughly through the July 4 congressional recess and over these critical next few weeks. Will you pitch in to help support our work and fend off these right-wing attacks -- especially their attacks on the right to vote? Please donate what you can right now>> site.pfaw.org/site/R THANK YOU for all you do and for all of your steadfast support. -- Ben Betz, Digital Advocacy Director donate: site.pfaw.org/site/R                                                     Do not reply directly to this e-mail. Please use xxx. Trouble viewing the email? VIEW AS WEB PAGE>> site.pfaw.org/site/R This email was sent to xxx. 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Anne,

Sorry to bog down your inbox with all of these emails, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t provide you with some key updates about all of the right-wing attacks coming from the Trump administration and the Republican Congress this week.

It really is astounding. We hope you find this information useful.

To add to the attacks on voting rights we wrote about earlier (see below this message), the Jeff Sessions-led Justice Department ALSO issued an official request for information on how states covered by the National Voter Registration Act maintain their voter rolls -- indicating that Trump’s DOJ could be getting ready to work in concert with the Pence-Kobach voter suppression commission … a scary prospect from the department that’s supposed to protect Americans’ voting rights, but then again, we know that this DOJ has already moved to deprioritize protecting voters in ways such as backing off of key litigation over voter ID.

Then there was the major attack on immigrants by the House of Representatives yesterday in the form of two bills that passed that are nothing more than 1) racist red meat for the nativist faction of the right-wing base and 2) corporate welfare for the private prison industry. Even the conservative CATO Institute points out the bills are a total sham and a massive waste of taxpayer money. CATO notes that one of the bills, which enacts tougher sentencing guidelines for undocumented immigrants -- referred to as “Kate’s Law” after someone murdered by an immigrant -- would balloon the federal prison population and, if in place at the time, would not have saved the life of the bill’s namesake. (Not to mention that despite all the fear-mongering, immigrants are statistically less likely to commit crimes than the population at large.)

This legislation is political theater, but of the most dangerous variety, because it ignores facts to enflame bigotry and suspicion of immigrants.

Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that the DOJ is also playing a supporting role in these attacks on immigrant communities. They’ve been working with the administration to hype up the stories of victims of crime by undocumented immigrants and Attorney General Sessions even gave a speech this week in which he used these cherry-picked stories to present a phony narrative about the outsized danger presented by immigrants.

Now back to health care -- perhaps the biggest policy story heading into next week’s congressional recess…

Mitch McConnell is scrambling to adjust the disastrous Senate version of Trumpcare and pick up more support, after the CBO scoring of the bill predicted 22 million Americans would lose their healthcare under the bill. Polls show that, at best, fewer than 20% of Americans support the Republicans’ efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, but it remains a high priority for the most committed members of their far-right base and, more importantly, for the Koch brothers and their other ultrawealthy donors who would reap a MASSIVE tax cut from the bill.

That’s all stuff you might already know… but in just the last couple of days, as more analysis of the legislation has continued to come out, we can see just how sneaky and insidious McConnell’s bill is … no wonder he thought developing the bill in extreme secrecy and ramming it through with reckless disregard for debate and process as perhaps his only chance of getting it passed.

We knew that the bill “back-loaded” many of the cuts, so that many wouldn’t take effect until 2021 and others not until later than that. But a new report yesterday by the CBO points out that the cuts to Medicaid would be even deeper and more devastating down the road due to future funding being tied to the consumer price index, which has a lower growth rate than inflation of medical costs. So not only are there deep cuts, but the money that still would be provided for low-income, disabled, and some elderly Americans would shrink in real terms and not go far enough to cover their care.

This is a lot to wrap your head around. And it’s hard to fight back when the attacks are coming in so heavily from so many different angles.

But fight back we must.

Until our midnight deadline, all 2017 membership renewal donations will be MATCHED X 5!

(And that means if we fall short of our goal, we'll be losing 5 X that much in crucial matching funds that will go a long way in helping us fight the Right.)

Thank you for your incredible support.

In solidarity,

Ben Betz, Digital Advocacy Director

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Voting Rights Update (mentioned above):

There is a storm brewing.

Trump’s ‘election integrity’ commission, headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is starting to build steam and will have a major meeting in less than three weeks.

Amidst all the outrage around Russiagate, Trump’s tweets, and efforts to ram through Trumpcare, it’s easy to miss these insidious efforts just under the radar.

To refresh your memory, this is the commission developed to justify Trump’s outlandish conspiracy theory about millions of “illegal” voters in 2016. And Kris Kobach is perhaps America’s foremost architect of voter suppression laws (and anti-immigrant laws, for that matter).

Yesterday, Kobach sent a letter to the secretaries of state for all 50 states requesting comprehensive data on ALL registered voters, including the last four digits of their social security numbers, their addresses, their dates of birth, their political affiliations, and their voting histories.

We expect Pence-Kobach to try to use this voter data for, perhaps among other things, something similar to Kobach's "Crosscheck" program in Kansas, but on steroids. Crosscheck is infamous for inflating claims of voter fraud with egregiously sloppy matching of names with various states' voter rolls.

AND, it was just announced last night that America’s other most notorious vote suppressor, former Federal Elections Commissioner Hans Von Spakovsky, is being added to the commission. Von Spakovsky perhaps more than anyone in the country is responsible for perpetrating the phony myth of rampant individual voter fraud that’s routinely used by the Right Wing as the rationale behind their voter suppression policies.

The entire purpose of this commission from the beginning has been to lay the groundwork for more restrictions on voting. And we know why the Right wants to make it harder for certain Americans -- especially minority, low-income, and young voters -- to exercise their most fundamental democratic right … it’s to consolidate their grip on power and lock out progressives -- and even moderates -- from electoral wins by unfairly rigging the system against them.

You know that right now we’re fighting to stop Trumpcare … to stop the GOP from packing the courts with radical Trump judges … to fend off right-wing attacks on the separation of church and state, and more.

But we’re also shifting resources and prioritizing our response to the Pence-Kobach voter suppression commission -- that means:

  • a press strategy,
  • fighting their lies with the facts,
  • helping to organize a large coalition of voting rights advocates, and
  • mobilizing a massive nationwide grassroots response against any attacks on voting rights born out of the commission…

… All starting NOW, with just a couple of weeks until the commission’s big meeting…

TODAY is our mid-year funding deadline and we’re still nearly $13,000 away from our goal -- a goal we MUST hit by midnight tonight if we’re going to fund our work thoroughly through the July 4 congressional recess and over these critical next few weeks.

Will you pitch in to help support our work and fend off these right-wing attacks -- especially their attacks on the right to vote?

THANK YOU for all you do and for all of your steadfast support.

-- Ben Betz, Digital Advocacy Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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